Inle Lake Trip Planning

Inle Lake Trip Planning

Inle is a must see for any travel to Myanmar. The core charm of the area not only comes from its varied, picturesque landscapes but also its unique lake culture. Things to see in Inle seems plentiful ranging from floating gardens to  lively stilt villages, exotic markets and gilded pagodas. 
Here are some ideas to plan your Inle Lake itinerary from 2 to 5 days :
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                                                                                                                      Photographer : Julien

Day 01 : See the famous Inle Attractions

For the first touch of Inle, the best idea is to take a boat trip traversing the most typical scenery of Inle Lake. The visit today should include Phang Daw Oo, known as the most sacred pagoda in the area.
The next stop is Nga Hpe Kyaung Monastery. For curious eyes of visitors, it is more called Jumping Cat Monastery as they do train cats here ! . This pagoda has 180 year history. 
Another place that you should not miss is Inpawkhone village which boasts Silk Weaving workshops. On the way, there are chances to see black smith house. 
Enjoy the boat until sunset then return to your hotel.

Day 02 : Inle Rotating Market

Why this one ? It is simply a perfect way to see local fair. The market rotates its location every 5 days in the week and brings many ethnic minorities from different villages to come in the morning. There is no better place to photograph Pa-O or Padaung people in their colorful customs. 
The market is also a nice spot for foodie as there are many stalls ranging from Shan noodle to fresh tofu salad.
Enjoy a village hike to view the panorama of the area before returning to your resort. 

Day 03 : Balloon Ride + Cooking Class

If you are seeking for romance and something unique for a day in Inle then this day should be that one. You will be picked up from your hotel for flight preparation then roaming the sky of Inle, admiring its stunning panorama during the morning time. 
In the afternoon, attend a private cooking class which introduces the highlight of Shan cuisine. The full experience includes market visit, cooking demonstration and of course, your cooking challenge and tasting time !

Day 04: Inle Off Beaten Track

For those who want to escape from the crowd, there are 2 options this day :

Half day Cycling + Red Mountain Winery
Spend the morning to hit the scenic road around Nyang Shwe town is a rewarding experience. The highlights of this morning in the local interaction. If you join our guided tour, you will have more fun with some extra activities.
The afternoon finds you sipping the tasty wine from the biggest Burma winery - the Red mountain which overlooks Inle Lake. 

Visit Kakku
Located out of Inle, Kakku is home to the friendly Pa-O hill tribe. You will have opportunity to learn about their daily life, traditional workshops and quaint rites. The visit takes full day including the transfer. 

inle resort                                                                                                                         Photo : Allan Grey

Day 05 : Inle Relaxing Day

Keep a day to unwind, traveling by boat to spot the hidden gems of Inle. Simply hire a boat trip and observe the local life. 
Many resorts in Inle offers pampering spa to sooth your relaxation. 

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